Every beginning of year, civilized people all over the world have three words on their lips: “New Year’s Resolution”. It has become a set trend. This year Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, resolved to read 26 books before the year ends (that’s one book every two weeks), and to do that, he has started a book club on Facebook. You can actually join the book club so you can read and discuss the books with Mark and over 300,000 other people. I must briefly comment that it is an inspiring goal. Mark is known to have accomplished several resolutions in years past including wearing a tie every day, learning Mandarin Chinese, writing a thank you note every day, and becoming a vegetarian.
Anybody can set a resolution but it takes consistency and sheer grit to actualize it. The year often ends sour for many in the resolution quarters and being that the year ends in a festive season, we don’t often get to sit down and account for the responsibilities we assumed in beginning of the year.
I chanced upon a beautifully designed graphic that vividly captured the repressed closure of the resolution hubbub. The sinister thing about this graphic is the way it seems to silently say: “All have sinned and come short of their New Year Resolutions.” You must admit that there is a compartment of your life’s activities that can be perfectly described by those words.
When I read that message, what captured my attention was the climax: “and planned it in 2011”. This is what separates certain resolutions from the others, in that most resolutions were not even planned. This write-up does not even take such group of New Year Resolutions into consideration because “when you fail to plan, you [inevitably] plan to fail. I titled this article “Just Do It” because somebody has been stuck up on a perfect plan and failed to launch out just yet.
Much Ado About Planning
”The mind of man plans his way, but the Lord directs his path.” Proverbs 16:9 NASB
There is a place for planning. Planning reveals strategy, assigns priority and delivers precision. Most importantly, your plan, when concrete enough, reminds you that you have a goal to achieve and keeps you focused on achieving it. Planning however has its own cons: it exhausts resources. It takes time and other resources in the form of energy, research and even cash, to plan. You can get stuck up on a plan due to paralysis of analysis in that the sheer volume and/or rigour of your planning process overwhelms you to the point that you eventually do not launch out at all.
I’m in no wise advocating against the indispensability of planning; I’m against postponing action because a plan is still not cohesive. If we remember that a plan is an intended course of action, then we’ll realize that an intention may not be set in stone. Sometimes, a plan will only come together only after it has come apart, and it will never come apart until you start executing it, incoherent as it is. What is important is that you are absolutely sure the plan outlines something you must achieve in your personal life.
There are many ways to kill a rat colony: you can call in the pest control service or just blow up the house with a truck load of dynamite. Your most preferred and efficient method should be the one that would minimize collateral damage the most. If you’re really bent on accomplishing a feat, you needn’t be too orthodox about it. A little out-of-the-box thinking can be all you need to get yourself started on your set goal. When you find that planning in itself has become the source of your procrastination, then your planning is inflicting you with collateral damage. Like a blind man who has to be led by his dog, you might have to lead your plan temporarily, until things become clearer, rather than be led by a blind plan.
You have no doubt planned and procrastinated a lot of vital things in your life. I’m telling you that it’s time you started acting with the plan you already articulated so far. You have to act. Just do it. 2015 is declared to be our year of Manifold Wisdom of God. Wisdom is something you do, not something you keep. You get wisdom to use it. Proverbs 3:13-14 KJV tells us that, “Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold”. So you see that finding wisdom is not enough, you have to merchandize, that is, trade or deal in it, and this involves actions you take on a day to day basis. People are considered wise when they do something or do not do something, not when they have or do not have something.
The truth is that no matter how much planning you do, as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, God will direct your steps. Thus, your success is not always a direct function of your planning but of God’s infallible direction. The LORD has determined our path; how then can anyone understand the direction his own life is taking? Proverbs 20:24 GNT.
You’re Wise In Your Heart
How did the wisest man to live up until Jesus find wisdom? The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom…. Proverbs 9:10. Solomon demonstrated a fear for the Lord. This fear is characterized by a reverential respect and a relationship with God based on His love for us, not a frightful, fidgety, and temperamental one. 1 Kings 3:3 records that Solomon loved the Lord and he walked in the statues of David his father. So the fear of the Lord here is the loving and walking with God, and this was the beginning of Solomon’s wisdom for when God popped the question “Ask for anything and it shall be yours.” Solomon wasn’t thinking about himself. That is love. Solomon was thinking about God and how to please Him, how to accomplish the task of leadership which He had set him over Israel to accomplish. That was why he rather asked for the ability to discharge his duties effectively. We must note that King Solomon’s response in itself was made in wisdom. The wisdom he already had as a result of fearing the Lord, that is, loving and walking according to the statues of the Lord.
Throughout King Solomon’s rule, he demonstrated wisdom. A peculiar instance was the settling of the dispute between the two harlots. The bible tells us in 1 Kings 3:28 that … all Israel heard of the judgment which the king had judged; and they feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment. Because of an action he took, wisdom from God was perceived to come from him. His light shone throughout Israel and beyond because of the wisdom he continually demonstrated. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16.
This is what I want you to imbibe this year, as you continue to love and walk with God, know that you have already began to walk in wisdom. Your decision to stick with God at all costs is already a decision in wisdom. God does notice you’re longing for Him and He does not have the ability to ignore you. He will soon ask you the question, “Ask for anything and I will be yours”.
Launch Out Already
Let God direct your steps in this season of your life. Reckon all you dusty plans and breeze through them one last time before you launch out. You just have to make sure that the plan is something you must do for your life and that it is something you should have done a while ago. Commit it into God’s hands and tell Him you’re about to launch out and you need His approval, His blessings and His direction. He will not ignore you. God is not like that. Trust in the Lord with all you heart and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path. Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV.
Begin to weave and God will provide the thread. German Proverb